Apple Blossom Tea
14 x 18 in., oil on panel
Exhibited in Women Artists of the West Tallgrass Rendezvous 48th Annual Juried Exhibition at the Price Tower Center for the Arts, Bartlesville, Oklahoma.
September 20-November 4, 2018. Reception on September 20th.

I love painting a still life exclusively from life! It’s a living connection with the subject matter that excites me the most. I start off with a clear idea of what I want to create and then I see where the paint takes me. I live to make rich paintings with expressive brushstrokes while still maintaining that classical old world look that I love so much. Every painting is an exhilarating dance of visual problem solving and excited study of what paint can do.

Perhaps the only other thing even more fulfilling to me than painting is teaching. There is nothing greater than feeling like I’ve helped someone else achieve their painting goals. I believe that every artists work is VITAL to our collective well being. I especially love helping female artists since our role in art has been diminished for centuries.

Kelli received a B.F.A. from Lyme Academy of Fine Arts in Old Lyme, Connecticut, the first impressionist colony in the U.S. established in 1899. It is here that she studied traditional life drawing, painting and sculpture with great emphasis on in depth study and classical techniques combined with the joy of working in a direct impressionist style in nature.

She is a signature member of American Women Artists and Oil Painters of America.

Kelli teaches an online course, VITAL art sessions, and will be teaching several workshops in 2019. Locations include: Scottsdale Artists’ School, Amarillo Arts Institute and Italy. Please visit her website for more details:

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